Erika Thornes finds that children often have dirty nails, and that can be distracting in photos. Erika goes over several steps to reduce the opacity of the dirt under the nails using tools in Photoshop to edit photos of kids. Erika also teaches how to use split screen and enlarge one size large while keeping the other side smaller for a reference.
- [Instructor] Yes, this is a bird.…But that's not what this course is about.…This course is about cleaning up kids.…And you know what?…I have a best friend who always gives me a hard time…whenever she sees pictures of my kids with dirty nails.…And I really couldn't post this online with the dirty nails,…because that's all she'd comment on,…instead of looking at the bird.…And the whole goal of when we're editing photos…is to bring attention to what we want to bring attention to,…and not to the nitty gritty details…that are a little too gritty.…So let's work on cleaning up those nails,…so that the focus of our child will be on her pet bird,…instead of on her hand hygiene.…
All right, so let's duplicate the layer.…And for this one,…because I'm going to be pulling in super, super tight…to clean up these nails,…I'm actually going to do something else.…We're going to have a closeup and an away view…of the exact same edit.…So we're going to go here, we're going to Arrange,…and we're going to do a New Window.…That pops up right here, so we've got a new window.…
In this course, photographer Erika Thornes shows how to review a kid photo shoot to find the best shot of the bunch. Then, she dives into Lightroom and Photoshop and details a variety of retouching challenges and solutions—including cleaning up that messy nose.
- Selecting and editing the hero shot
- Making a clean edit in Lightroom
- Adjusting exposure and white balance
- Cropping images
- Working with layers and masks
- Using Photoshop to remove stray hairs, brighten eyes, and remove scabs
- Swapping faces in Photoshop